ON THURSDAY, May 4 thousands of voters across the Vale will be heading to the polls in elections which will decide the make-up of Worcestershire County Council for the next four years.
Every division, 52 in total, will be up for election with candidates vying for your votes.
Our reporter Joshua Godfrey has spoken the candidates in the Littletons division about their campaign promises and why you should put a cross in the box next to their name.
Alastair Adams – Conservative
“I listed my priorities as improving our local roads, bringing Superfast Broadband to our area, improving flood prevention, reducing speeding through our villages, and supporting our local community organisations.
“Hopefully, you have seen that I have delivered on all these issues, and all eight main villages now have Superfast Broadband, and a further roll-out later this year is planned to bring it to people living outside these villages.
“More than £2million has been spent on improving our rural roads and pavements, and many local community organisations have been helped via support and grants.
“Listening to the communities issues, and then doing something about it has been my main aim in serving the community over the last 4 years.”
Viv Eden – Labour Party
“I have lived in The Littletons for 30 years. I work in Local Government as a Citizen Involvement Officer.
“I have years of experience supporting people with disabilities and advocating for their rights and inclusion.
“I am a proud grandparent and love spending time with my family. I am very keen on history and archaeology and have travelled all over the British Isles to visit sites.
“I care about the environment and making sure we leave a safe world for our children to live in.
“I will stand up for rights and equality always.
“I want a fair and inclusive society.”
Keith Wright – Liberal Democrats
“I have been a Parish Councillor in Bretforton for 20 plus years, and a District Councillor for Bretforton and Offenham since 2007. I am the owner and Managing Director of Vale Gardens in Badsey.
“I now look forward to the opportunity to serve as County Councillor to help make this lovely area a better place to live and work.
“As I both live and work in the area I am aware of the range of problems facing all of us, including roads needing repair, traffic congestion, poor public transport, inadequate facilities for the elderly and those suffering with mental health issues.”
Patrick Hogan – Green Party
The party hadn’t responded to our requests for information as the Observer went to press.